The Odyssey: The Story of Odysseus

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The Odyssey has captured minds for over 2700 years, and the story of Odysseus shows his determination to fight and conquer obstacles with and without the help of the Gods. The story dates back before 1000B.c. (The Modern Library, 1950, p.VI) His creative and cunning tactics throughout the story show his determination to reach his homeland of Ithaca. After conquering the Trojan War, Odysseus was told by Poseidon “man is nothing without the gods”. Poseidon felt Odysseus was not thankful for Poseidon’s help with the battle Trojan War. He felt Odysseus needed to be taught a lesson to be more thankful to the gods for their help. Odysseus appeared righteous and gloated that he had conquered Troy on his own. (Hallmark Home Entertainment, 1997, Scene 1) During the Trojan War, Odysseus created the Trojan horse, which allowed the army to enter the great walls of Troy but it was Poseidon who allowed the distraction. Poseidon distracted the Trojans with the sea serpent upon the Trojan army and the Trojan horse was not fully inspected. Therefore, Odysseus and his men were allowed through into Troy. Poseidon was very angry of his ingratitude and told him he would never reach his homeland of Ithaca or see his family again. Without the gods, Odysseus would not have become the great warrior and famous for the many conflicts of man against nature. The conflicts with Poseidon, the Cyclops, and the suitors at Ithaca allowed him to be a stronger more endurable person, and those conflicts were set up by the gods. Since Odysseus accomplished so many defeats and still found his way home to Ithaca and to his family, his name and the Odyssey has survived for centuries. The first conflict I present is the initial conflict with Poseidon. During the Trojan War Odysseus and Poseidon did not agree on how Troy was conquered. Odysseus created the Trojan horse, but Poseidon allowed the distraction of the Trojan army. Odysseus gloated that he made the defeat alone “a mortal”. He didn’t give...
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